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Water Supplies (Nitrates)

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 18 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list all the occasions on which his group of experts on nitrate in water have met; and what action they have proposed should be taken.

The nitrate co-ordination group has met four times so far: 14 January, 12 March, 19 April and 10 June. There have also been meetings of subgroups. Further meetings are planned and the group will be preparing a report later this year.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has approved any exemption from the European Economic Community directive on nitrate concentration in drinking water.

No decisions have yet been taken on any applications for derogations from the maximum nitrate concentration set down in the EC directive relating to the quality of water intended for human consumption.